Art in corona times 85. Palm tree & Skroderider; Billytown, The Hague

Nishiko

Billytown is combining two exhibitions.

Jeroen Jacobs
Marius Lut

Its spacious main exhibition Palm tree is almost absorbing its smaller but more dense show (traditionally called the Kitchen show) Skroderider, made by the New York based artists run platform Lie Lay Lain.

Marius Lut

Billytown has removed a wall and so you automatically walk into the smaller exhibition.

Nina Canell
Jeroen Jacobs

Palm tree is based on a story about a palm tree (wouldn’t you guess?) and it deals with the seen and unseen objects that surround us in daily life.

Jeroen Jacobs

You may think of them as unimportant but in fact they are the props that influence our ideas and feelings, both by their appearance and by their context, maybe even by their invisibility.

Sepus Noordmans

It results in an exhibition with works varying from the very visible concrete structures by Jeroen Jacobs to the sometimes almost too unobtrusive small objects by Nishiko.

Peggy Franck
Peggy Franck

Other part-taking artists are Nina Canell, Peggy Franck, Marius Lut, Sepus Noordmans and Michael E. Smith.

Michael E. Smith

The title Skroderider of the Kitchen show derives from a plant character from a 1990s science fiction novel and deals with the materiality of things.

Sara Enrico
Sara Enrico
Viola Yesiltac

It is another very diverse show in which both the quality and the meaning (one could say the life) of materials play a role.

Viola Yesiltac
Viola Yesiltac
Joseph Buckley

There are works by Joseph Buckley, Sara Enrico, Erin Johnson and Viola Yesiltac.

Joseph Buckley
Erin Johnson
Sara Enrico

Jacobs makes his concrete come to life on the cushions in the hall.

Jeroen Jacobs
Jeroen Jacobs

In the stairway a video loop by Smith creates a flashing atmosphere.

Michael E. Smith
Michael E. Smith

A work by Skroderider-show’s JosephBuckley even overlaps the Palm tree exhibition.

Joseph Buckley

On the second floor, which houses the Billytown-artists’ studios and the impressive Peter van Beveren Library, the exhibited works merge with the other objects.

Books Are Bridges

In spite of the two titles it is difficult to see the two shows as separate.

left to right: Sepus Noordmans, Jeroen jacobs, Books Are Bridges

There is of course a higher density of objects in Skroderider and one doesn’t have to search for the works like in Palm tree.

Jeroen Jacobs

After the quest for objects in the main show the almost overcrowded Skroderider show confronts you with objects that are emphatically present.

Marius Lut

That is a good strategy to shift the emphasis of the context that objects and space create, to the actual appearance of objects and their meaning.

Nishiko

As such both shows are together almost classical Billytown exhibitions in that as a twofold unit they deal with space and how objects behave in it.

Nishiko

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Art in corona times 84. Toscania, Tosca Niterink; HOK Gallery, The Hague

Happily after the worst corona periods and lock-downs HOK Gallery has found a new place at Westeinde for its activities.

Compared to its last stamp sized spot this is a royal palace.

It is now situated in a street full of artistic activities.

It can even support a relaxing seating area and enough space for its expanding collection of booklets, some of which are real collectors’ items.

At the moment HOK shows works by Tosca Niterink (1960).

To a Dutch audience born in the 1970s (or even earlier or later) she is a legendary alternative TV-star of the 1980s and early 1990s.

Recently she started painting, and bearing in mind she is a beginner it is not a bad start, her subjects being mostly other famous or infamous TV-stars.

The finissage will be next Friday night (during Hoogtij) with a fashion show.

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Art in corona times 83. Robin Rhode; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar

I visited Robin Rhode’s present great show at Museum Voorlinden to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch).

As i have written already quite extensively about the show in VLR, i just leave you here with the pictures, without comments, but with the strong recommendation to visit this wonderful exhibition if you are able to.

Click here to read the review in Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).

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Façades of The Hague #137

Bridge in Laan van Meerdervoort over the Verversingskanaal (Drain Channel) in between Conradkade and Suezkade, usually called Conradbrug (Conrad Bridge).

In 1937 this bridge was built to give a more solid base for the increasing and heavier car traffic in The Hague’s main western thoroughfare.

In the background Cornerhouse

The bridge was designed by Antoon Pet (1885-1954) who, as a structural engineer and architect, was a civil servant in The Hague from 1919 until 1951.

Right in the background the first floors of Panoramaflat

It is a very robust bridge and at the time it was the biggest bridge (at a hundred feet) in The Hague.

It is still a local landmark, as are the two modernist buildings at the north side of the bridge: Cornerhouse (Jan Grijpma, 1929) and Panoramaflat (Piet Zanstra, 1962).

The bridge is embellished with different features, like a strange place inscribed with MANNEN (MEN), which may remind you of a forgotten war monument, but which are probably the remains of a public toilet. [Scroll down for a reaction by Casper de Weerd]

The bridge has also been provided with some sculptures, which was a fine tradition before WWII.

At the north side is a sculpture by Joop van Lunteren (1882-1958) of a boy with a toy sailboat made of a Dutch clog.

Wooden shoes were still in common use by the time.

A boy making a toy sailboat can be seen as a symbol of human, in particular Dutch and male endeavour.

It adds to the symbolism of the then modern bridge as well.

In the middle of the bridge is a monumental granite sculpture by Dirk Wolbers (1890-1957) called Veilig in’t verkeer (Safe in Traffic).

It represents a mother ready to steer her daughter and son through the busy traffic.

The traffic itself is symbolised by two small toy-like cars.

She stands there as an attractive young mother preparing her children for life in modern traffic in particular and in modern times in general.

As such they cross the bridge towards the future.

As for Wolbers himself: he died in a car crash.

At the south side of the bridge is another sculpture by Van Lunteren, representing a girl with a rabbit.

As a pendant of the boy with the sailboat at the other side, she obviously symbolises feminine compassion with creatures that need our care.

As such the whole bridge has become a symbol of modernity with traditions that have changed as a result of that modernity.

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All pictures were taken in March 2017.

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Art in corona times 82b. Sonsbeek 20→24, Arnhem, Sonsbeek and Zypendaal Parks

THIS IS PART 2 OF 2 OF A TOUR OF SONSBEEK 20→24. PART 2 IS A TOUR OF SONSBEEK AND ZYPENDAAL PARKS. CLICK HERE TO SEE PART 1 ABOUT THE CITY CENTRE.

The Black Archives – Villa Sonsbeek

Continuation of a visit i made to Sonsbeek 20→24, Arnhem to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch)

The Black Archives – Villa Sonsbeek

Due to time shortage (and to the rainy weather) i only made pictures of a limited number of presentations.

HISK Students – Sonsbeek Park

As i have written already quite extensively about the show in VLR, i just leave you with the pictures, without comments.

HISK Students – Sonsbeek Park
HISK Students – Sonsbeek Park
HISK Students – Sonsbeek Park
Mae-ling Lokko, Gustavo Crembil – Sonsbeek Park
Mae-ling Lokko, Gustavo Crembil – Sonsbeek Park
Mae-ling Lokko, Gustavo Crembil – Sonsbeek Park
Mae-ling Lokko, Gustavo Crembil – Sonsbeek Park
Olu Oguibe – Sonsbeek Park
Olu Oguibe – Sonsbeek Park
Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Erika Hock – Sonsbeek Park
Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Erika Hock – Sonsbeek Park
Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Erika Hock – Sonsbeek Park
Jennifer Tee – Sonsbeek Park
Jennifer Tee – Sonsbeek Park
Jennifer Tee – Sonsbeek Park
Jennifer Tee – Sonsbeek Park
Jennifer Tee – Sonsbeek Park
Jennifer Tee – Sonsbeek Park
raumlabor – Sonsbeek Park
raumlabor – Sonsbeek Park
raumlabor – Sonsbeek Park
raumlabor – Sonsbeek Park
raumlabor – Sonsbeek Park
raumlabor – Sonsbeek Park
Werker Collective, Gleb Maiboroda, studio bonbon – Zypendaal Park
Werker Collective, Gleb Maiboroda, studio bonbon – Zypendaal Park
Werker Collective, Gleb Maiboroda, studio bonbon – Zypendaal Park
Justine Gaga – Zypendaal Park
Justine Gaga – Zypendaal Park
Justine Gaga – Zypendaal Park
Farkhondeh Shahroudi – Zypendaal Park
Farkhondeh Shahroudi – Zypendaal Park

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Farkhondeh Shahroudi – Zypendaal Park

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Art in corona times 82a. Sonsbeek 20→24, Arnhem. Part 1: City centre

THIS IS PART 1 OF 2 ABOUT SONSBEEK 20→24. PART 1 IS A TOUR IN THE CITY CENTRE. CLICK HERE TO SEE PART 2 ABOUT SONSBEEK AND ZYPENDAAL PARKS.    

Oscar Murillo – St Eusebius Church

I visited Arnhem to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the Sonsbeek 20→24 show. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch).

Oscar Murillo – St Eusebius Church

Due to time shortage i only made pictures of a limited number of presentations.

Oscar Murillo – St Eusebius Church

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front Ibrahim Mahama; back Antonio José Guzman – St Eusebius Church
Ibrahim Mahama – St Eusebius Church
Ibrahim Mahama – St Eusebius Church
Ibrahim Mahama – St Eusebius Church
Ibrahim Mahama – St Eusebius Church
Antonio José Guzman – St Eusebius Church
Antonio José Guzman – St Eusebius Church
Antonio José Guzman – St Eusebius Church
Mithu Sen – St Eusebius Church
Mithu Sen – St Eusebius Church
Mithu Sen – St Eusebius Church
Mithu Sen – St Eusebius Church
Ndidi Dike – De Groen Collection
Ndidi Dike – De Groen Collection
Ndidi Dike – De Groen Collection
Ndidi Dike – De Groen Collection
Libita Sibungu – De Groen Collection
Libita Sibungu – De Groen Collection
Libita Sibungu – De Groen Collection
Ndidi Dike – De Groen Collection
Ndidi Dike – De Groen Collection
Omer Wasim – De Groen Collection
Omer Wasim – De Groen Collection
Omer Wasim – De Groen Collection
Omer Wasim – De Groen Collection
Anne Duk Hee Jordan – De Groen Collection
Alida Ymele – Showroom Arnhem
Alida Ymele – Showroom Arnhem
Alida Ymele – Showroom Arnhem
Willem de Rooij presents Pierre Verger – Showroom Arnhem
Buhlebezwe Siwani – Showroom Arnhem
Buhlebezwe Siwani – Showroom Arnhem
Kudzanai-Violet Hwami – Showroom Arnhem
Ellen Gallagher – Waalse Kerk
Ellen Gallagher – Waalse Kerk
Olu Oguibe – Gele Rijders Plein

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Olu Oguibe – Gele Rijders Plein

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Art in corona times 81b. Graduation Show 2021; Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague

THIS IS PART 2 OF 2 OF A TOUR OF THE GRADUATION SHOW 2021. CLICK HERE TO SEE PART 1

Sienna Matijas

Continuation of a visit i made to the Hague Royal Academy (KABK) to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch)

Sienna Matijas

Due to time shortage i only made pictures of a limited number of presentations.

Sienna Matijas

As i have written already quite extensively about the show in VLR, i just leave you with the pictures, without comments.

Sienna Matijas
Sienna Matijas
Anna Hijmans
Anna Hijmans
Anna Hijmans
Anna Hijmans
Anna Hijmans
Anna Hijmans
Wumen Ghua
Wumen Ghua
Wumen Ghua
Wumen Ghua
Serene Hui
Serene Hui
Serene Hui
Serene Hui
Serene Hui
Juliana M. Hernández
Jakob Ganslmeier
Jakob Ganslmeier
Jakob Ganslmeier
Jakob Ganslmeier
Anca Bârjovanu
Catelijne Boele
Catelijne Boele
Catelijne Boele
Catelijne Boele
Catelijne Boele
Catelijne Boele
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim
Ryan Lim

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Art in corona times 81a. Graduation Show 2021; Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague

THIS IS PART 1 OF 2 OF A TOUR OF THE GRADUATION SHOW 2021. CLICK HERE TO SEE PART 2.        

I visited the Hague Royal Academy (KABK) to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the Graduation Show 2021. Click here to read the review in VLR (in Dutch).

Hattie Wade

Due to time shortage i only made pictures of a limited number of presentations.

Hattie Wade

As i have written already quite extensively about the show in VLR, i just leave you with the pictures, without comments.

Sina Dyks
Sina Dyks
Sina Dyks
Sina Dyks
Sina Dyks
Peter Pflügler
Peter Pflügler
Peter Pflügler
Peter Pflügler
Peter Pflügler
Ayiley Hammond
Ayiley Hammond
Sophia Maria Favela
Ellen Wittkampf
Ellen Wittkampf
Ellen Wittkampf
Guglielmo Bozzoli Parasacchi
Guglielmo Bozzoli Parasacchi
Guglielmo Bozzoli Parasacchi
Guglielmo Bozzoli Parasacchi
Guglielmo Bozzoli Parasacchi
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu
Joseph Palframan
Joseph Palframan
Joseph Palframan

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Joseph Palframan

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Façades of The Hague #136

Blocks of social housing Jacob Catsstraat, corners Albert Cuypstraat and Hoefkade, west side of the street. Most of the neighbourhood dating from the end of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century was broken down in the 1980s and new housing was built.

The blocks on these pictures were designed by Álvaro Siza (1933), who had a good reputation in co-operating with future inhabitants of social housing projects, in collaboration with architects Jeroen Geurst (1960) and Rens Schulze (1960).

They were built in 1989-1993. In the rigorous façade of the block Siza very much stuck to the Dutch 19th century urban tradition of red-brown bricks and the Hague tradition of recesses with steep stairs in the façades.

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